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Archive for April, 2009

Swine Flu

Monday, April 27th, 2009

According to the CDC, as of yesterday (26 April) there were no reported cases of swine flu in the New England region.

The CDC with HHS has compiled information available on the swine flu at:

Among the information pages are:

Interim CDC Guidance for Nonpharmaceutical Community Mitigation in Response to Human Infections with Swine Influenza (H1N1) Virus:

Guidance for Clinicians & Public Health Professionals:

You can use the following widget to code in the CDC’s Swine Flu Information website (a green box with links):

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MedlinePlus Search Cloud

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español both now feature a search cloud showing the most frequently searched terms on the site.

Check out the MedlinePlus search clouds at:
MedlinePlus Search Cloud:
MedlinePlus en español Search Cloud:
•You will find them linked on the lower left hand corner of the MedlinePlus home page.

How many terms are featured in the search cloud?
• The MedlinePlus search cloud displays the top 100 English searches
• The MedlinePlus en español search cloud displays the top 100 Spanish searches.

How frequently is the cloud updated?
The search clouds are usually updated every week day.

How is the cloud organized?
The search terms appear in alphabetical order, and their size represents their relative frequency. The bigger the term, the more often it is searched by people who visit MedlinePlus. A term’s exact ranking is found by placing your cursor over the term, and you can click on any term in the search cloud to conduct a search for that term in MedlinePlus.

Enjoy this new feature on MedlinePlus! It is a great way to stay aware of the most common health terms searched by the public.

Donald Lindberg announces…

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Milton Corn, M.D.,
as NLM Deputy Director for Research and Education.

Prior to joining the NLM, Dr. Corn served with distinction in
numerous top leadership positions at Georgetown University including
Dean of the School of Medicine. Since 1990, as NLM Associate
Director for Extramural Programs, Dr. Corn has led the Library’s
Division of Extramural Programs in an exemplary manner, establishing
numerous collaborations with other agencies and organizations that
have expanded informatics research and training opportunities. Dr.
Corn creatively modified NLM’s Training Program in Biomedical
Informatics to keep pace with developments in biomedical computing.
At present the 18 NLM training grants (involving 27 academic medical
centers) offer tracks in clinical care informatics, bioinformatics,
public health and health services research informatics and the
informatics of clinical and translational research and supports over
250 pre- and post-doctoral trainees. As administrator of the largest
Federal programs for training in informatics and for a significant
share of the research grants available to informatics scientists, Dr.
Corn has become nationally and internationally known as an expert in
research directions in biomedical informatics.

As you know, Dr. Corn brings rich experience, leadership, and talent
– as well as a world class sense of humor – to the position of Deputy
Director for Research and Education, where he will serve as principal
medical advisor on research and development and medical education
priorities for the NLM. Dr. Corn will provide direction and advice
on the full range of NLM’s intramural and extramural research

Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D.
National Library of Medicine

IHA Health Literacy Conference

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) 8th Annual Health Literacy Conference scheduled for May 7-8, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency, Irvine, CA is reaching out to medical librarians. Marge Kars, MLS, AHIP, Bronson Methodist Hospital and author/editor of the recent publication The Medical Library Association Guide to Health Literacy is a featured speaker.  Librarians involved in the MLA Health Information Literacy Research Project will be presenting posters and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine / Pacific Southwest Region is a co-sponsor. As an IHA courtesy, librarians who register online using the coupon code LIBR09 will get a reduced registration rate of $250.  

Annual Health Literacy Conference: Bridging Research & Practice

  • Hyatt Regency, Irvine, CA
  • Institute for Healthcare Advancement
  • Co-Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine / Pacific Southwest Region
  • More information:

    Posted on behalf of:

    Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, M.Ed., Principal
    Kurtz-Rossi & Associates
    781-835-6488 phone; 781-391-4409 fax

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